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Department of Physical Therapy

Spivey Named Melzer Professor

Spivey Named Melzer Professor

Dr. Steve Spivey has been selected for the first Barbara Melzer Endowed Professorship! The Professorship was created through the generous donation of Dr. Kathy Safford to recognize the commitment to excellence that Dr. Barbara Melzer established for students and faculty while at Texas State. It is awarded for 3 years and will support the recipient to focus on activities that contribute to the department Mission. Dr. Spivey's proposal is to research and establish the best approaches to foster the mental health practices of those students enrolled in the DPT program. Spivey stated that "Mama" Melzer made all of her students a priority and would do anything to support and protect them. He would like to continue her legacy to identify what we can do to support mental health and wellness and support the "family" culture in the program. As Spivey stated, "I am overwhelmed and honored to be named the Melzer Professor for the next 3 years. Dr. Melzer was an irreplaceable mentor to me. I wouldn't be the man I am today without her support and encouragement. I am thrilled for the chance to continue her legacy of supporting and mentoring the students of Texas State University." Congratulations to Dr. Steve Spivey! 

In Honor of Dr. Barbara Melzer, PT, PhD, DPT, FAPTA

Dr. Barbara Melzer

In honor of our beloved Dr. Barbara Melzer, the College of Health Professions and the Department of Physical Therapy has established a scholarship to honor Dr. Melzer’s contributions to the College, Department of Physical Therapy, and Texas State. This scholarship will provide funds to third year DPT students to support clinical education experiences.  Donations can be made in memory of Dr. Barbara Melzer.

Please make checks payable to the Development Foundation and mailed to:

Texas State University Development Foundation
Attn: Donor Services, JCK-480
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666    

To find out other ways to make a donation, go to this website 

The faculty of the Department of Physical Therapy would like to thank the many companies who support our program by their donation of time, money, equipment, and support

Special Thanks to:
Special Thanks to:
3M EMPI, Inc
Lakeway Aquatic Therapy & Center (Austin, TX)
Special Thanks to:
Action Bandage, LLC
Lympha Press USA, LTD Osborn Medical Corporation
Special Thanks to:
Advanced Orthopedic Designs
Regent Medical
Special Thanks to:
Blue Sky Orthotics & Prosthetics
Ritchie Limb & Brace
Special Thanks to:
BSN Medical
Sage Allard USA, Inc
Special Thanks to:
Carolon Heel Lift Center (Kyle, TX)
St. David's North Medical
Special Thanks to:
Carrington Hollister Wound Care
Save and Simple
Special Thanks to:
Central Texas Medical Center
Seton Hays Medical
Special Thanks to:
CHARM: Center for Healing & Regenerative Medicine
Seton Main Hospital
Special Thanks to:
Christus Santa Rosa
Skill-Care Corporation
Special Thanks to:
ConvaTec Medical Solutions
Smith & Nephew Chattanooga Group
Special Thanks to:
DARCO Medical Technologies, Inc
Texas Neuro Rehab
Special Thanks to:
Department of Surgery Hydrofera, LLC
Texas PT Specialists
Special Thanks to:
Derma Sciences Orthotic & Prosthetic Exciton Technologies, Inc
Travis Medical
Special Thanks to:
Dewey Whisenant, MD Technologies, Inc
University Federal Credit Union
Special Thanks to:
GaitRite, Inc
University Medical Center at Davol, Inc
Special Thanks to:
Wake Pharma US
Special Thanks to:
Wellness Center
Special Thanks to:
Wellsence, USA
Special Thanks to:
La Brisas Apartments, Round Rock
Z - Medica

DPT Curriculum

The Texas State University DPT Curriculum meets state educational requirements for professional licensure in all states.  These state  jurisdictions require graduation from a CAPTE accredited physical therapist education program.  

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Texas State University is a member of the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) which supports academic institutions to strive for excellence in physical therapist education.  We encourage faculty, clinical educators, academic administrators and students interested in pursuing teaching to check out


DPT Accreditation 

The Doctor of Physical Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria,  Virginia 22305-3085; telephone:
(703) 706-3245; email:; website:

Filing a complaint with CAPTE:  If you have a question about the department’s accreditation status or wish to express a concern about accreditation, you are encouraged to contact CAPTE. If needing to contact the program/institution directly, please call (512) 716-2652

Complaints - all complaints should be submitted in writing (see UPPS 07.10.06) to either the Program Director or Dean.  Response and resolution will be directed to the appropriate office.